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AMD's Next-Gen Steamroller CPU Could Deliver Where Bulldozer Fell Short 161

MojoKid writes "Today at the Hot Chips Symposium, AMD CTO Mark Papermaster is taking the wraps off the company's upcoming CPU core, codenamed Steamroller. Steamroller is the third iteration of AMD's Bulldozer architecture and an extremely important part for AMD. Bulldozer, which launched just over a year ago, was a disappointment. The company's second-generation Bulldozer implementation, codenamed Piledriver, offered a number of key changes and was incorporated into the Trinity APU family that debuted last spring. Steamroller is the first refresh of Bulldozer's underlying architecture and may finally deliver the sort of performance and efficiency AMD was aiming for when it built Bulldozer in the first place. Enhancements to Fetch and Decode architecture have been made, as well as increased scheduler efficiency and cache load latency, which combined could bring a claimed 15 percent performance-per-watt performance gain. AMD expects to ship Steamroller sometime in 2013 but wouldn't offer timing detail beyond that."
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AMD's Next-Gen Steamroller CPU Could Deliver Where Bulldozer Fell Short

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  • by Joe_Dragon ( 2206452 ) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @10:38PM (#41160967)

    AMD boards have better PCI-E lanes then intel chips.

    With Intel you need to go high end to get more then 16 lanes + DMI

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 29, 2012 @12:43AM (#41161875)

    Intel completely dominates AMD in terms of process tech, but due to antitrust concerns, they tweak their prices so that AMD can stay barely alive in the "budget segment".

    In the last 20 years, AMD had the best parts for only 2 years, and were in the running for maybe another 3-4 years. The game has always been rigged in Intel's favor.

  • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Wednesday August 29, 2012 @04:23AM (#41163251)
    In some races they are just about alone on the track. An AMD based server with 64 cores and 128GB of memory will set you back $9000. with Intel you can now get 80 cores for about ten times that, or 40 cores for about five times that.
    For some tasks when you can get 640 slightly slower cores (the ten core Intel chips have a lower clock than the ones with less cores) for the same price as 80 it's pretty easy to see which way to go. If anything is massively parallel you can forget about Intel at this point.

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